Carl Gustafson

Carl Gustafson graduated from Newcastle Upon Tyne College of Art. Together with his wife Marienne Klode - who also is an artist, graduated from the Kolding School of Design - he has done several exhibitions both in Denmark, England and Holland.

In 1989, the couple received the Formland Prize for porcelain production, which opened several doors - among other exhibitions in France, Japan and the United States.

Carl Gustafson’s work is inspired by the traditions of his native England as well as the Scandinavian expression.

For several years Carl Gustafson mostly produced functional pottery, but today his work is focused on unique stoneware and raku firing in particular. The essential is not only shape but equally the simple decoration. Over the years, the couple have developed a variety of glazes and slips, which fits perfectly with the simple shapes of their work.


Raku is centuries-old Japanese and Korean burning technique for ceramics. It was especially used in the Japanese tea ceremonies, where teacups were made ​​- and drank - in the course of a few hours. Raku glazes are often fractured, which are referred to as Crazing. These crackle glazes are enhanced by the post firing smoking of Raku pots that embeds carbon into the crackles of the glaze.

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1984:  York City Art Gallery
            Sunderland Art Centre

1985:  Cleveland Crafts Centre 

            Darlington Crafts Centre

1986:  Galleri De Vier Linden, Holland

            Marie Jordan Gallery, England

1987:  Galleri Kwartjin, Amsterdam, Holland
            Booth House Gallery, England
            Shipley Art Gallery, England
            Abbot Hall Art Gallery, England

1988:  New Elvet Gallery, England

1989:  Modtog Formlandsprisen for porcelænproduktion, Herning

1990:  Galleri Nouvelle, Marseille, Frankring
            Scandinavian Fair, Tokyo Japan

1991:  Boutique Danoise, Paris, Frankrig
            Galleri Das Schone, Berlin, Tyskland
            Gallery A Horse of a Different Color, Florida, USA

1992:  NP3 Kunstforening, Aarhus

1993:  Kulturforvaltningen, Aarhus

1994-94:  Diverse kunstforeninger i Danmark

1995:  Kunstnernes Påskeudstilling, Aarhus

1996:  Festival of the Arts, Belsay Hall, England

1997:  Cleveland Crafts Centre, England

1998:  Castle Gallery, Cockermouth, England

1999:  Skanderborg Kulturhus

2000:  IDA-huset, København

2001:  Odder Sygehus
2002:  Ebeltoft Kunstforening
            Tetrapack Kunstforenng, Aarhus
            Skejby Sygehus

2003:  Kunstforeningen på Psykologisk Hospital, Risskov

2004:  Silkeborg Rådhus
            Skanderborg Kulturhus

2005:  Aarhus Kommunehospital
            Kulturforvaltningen, Aarhus